Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Not Meant for Costa Rica

So I've wanted to go to Costa Rica for 11 or 12 years now. My hubby got to go 4 years ago, but that was a boys-only type of trip. Poor thing, I've given him hell for four years about taking me to Costa Rica. Now my chance is finally here, and I discover that my passport is expired!! After the initial shock fades, I get online and figure out that u can hire a company to push your passport through in a super speedy way, for a fee. ($335 total). Not bad! Let's do it! Off to the Fedex store to overnight the package ($60). So we estimate our adjusted travel dates and even change our flights. This is where things start getting really expensive. So we've just paid $335 for the passport company and now we pay out a change fee to the airline of about $1700 to change flights for the whole family. Ouch. Big ouch. And this morning, my package should have been delivered by 8:00 am. At 11:00, this is what I see:
It says: Package In Transit. Wait a minute here!! This was supposed to be delivered this morning! So we call Fedex and one of their planes broke down! Are you kidding me???? We immediately call the passport company and they are swamped with people like me, trying to get a passport by New Years Eve and they are also dealing with people, like me, whose package is late due to the Fedex plane breaking down. Now the US Passport office is closed on New Years Eve, but they are open on Friday, Jan 1. But it's a Friday and it's the day after New Years Eve, so how much is actually going to get accomplished that day?? And then it's the weekend and Monday is jan 4th and I'm supposed to come home on the 7th??? Is it really worth it? Plus I'd have to change another flight and pay another fee.... Oh jeez. I'm not sure what to do... Stay tuned for more fun and adventure in Passport Land! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas with Marley

This is the first year Marley has been old enough to participate in Christmas. Last year she was just six months old. But this year, she learned to open gifts and she certainly had fun with all her new toys. This is her and daddy opening gifts..

Another new thing is that she had really come out of get shell all of a sudden. Last night, all she wanted to do was hug her friend Lily. In this photo, Marley is on the left and her friend is on the right. They could be sisters with that blonde hair. That's my friend Jordana behind them.

So on a creative note, not much is happening right now. I've got a sculpture in the works, but with the holidays and travel, it is not going very quickly. I'll post photos as soon as I can. Stay tuned! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, December 21, 2009

Marley Loves Santa!

Well, we took the little munchkin to see Santa, and as you can see, she was scared to death! I'm not really surprised as the stuffed cows at Chick-Fil-A scare her too.

So poor thing, she wad so terrified, she didn't even want the doll Santa gave her.

And then here's the funny part: my girlfriend was standing there with us after the whole episode was over, and she looks at me and asks if we were planning to take Marley to the mall to see Santa!! I just laughed and said I thought we had tortured the poor kid enough already!! Once she realized how silly that was, she giggled too. Poor Marley. Here she is looking cute before her visit with Santa...

Maybe next year we will try again. Maybe, maybe not! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Day for the Beach

Hello all, Today would have been my mother's 63rd birthday. There are not words to describe how much I miss her. I will be walking the beach today, rain or shine, to be close to her. She loved the beach and everything about it. I love you, Mom. That's all for now.